MERIDEN — Campers at Girls Inc. were busy making “fairy dust” on Thursday afternoon, just one activity during “Fairy Princess” week.
“It’s so fun,” Kenzie Rabis said. “We get to make a lot of fun things that we haven’t done in past weeks.”
Girl’s Inc. summer camp is a 10-week program for girls from kindergarten to high school. Regular activities include arts and crafts, pool time and theme weeks.
Rabis, Kendra Vargas and Shianne Grabell, who will be in first grade this school year, were excited about the fairy princess theme. Along with about 10 other young girls, they made “fairy dust” with a mixture of corn starch and hair conditioner that makes a doughy material similar to Play-Doh.
“It’s been great to see the kids having fun and being kids,” said Girls Inc. Executive Director Michelle Bourdeau. “We have had about 100 girls throughout the summer.”
The week ended with a fairy princess ball. Other themes have included “Hawaiian Hullabaloo,” “Friendship” and “Strong, Smart and Bold” — the organization’s motto.
In keeping with the theme of the week, the group of young girls played games like “Fairy Godmother May I” — a play on “Mother May I” — and “Fairy Princess Wax Museum,” a game where the girls posed like princesses.
The older group of girls made silhouettes in the shape of the different Disney princesses and had scavenger hunts. To keep cool, the girls played under sprinklers and rotated into the pool.
Girl’s Inc. was part of city program that offered free enrollment at summer camp. As a result, many new campers attended, Bourdeau said.
Jomaris Mercado, a sophomore at Platt, has been going to Girls Inc. since she was in fourth grade. She is hoping to become a camp counselor when she turns 16.
“I love it,” the 14 year old said. “With Girl’s Inc. I’m not staying home, bored. I come here and have things to do all day.”
Dealing with COVID-19 has been an obvious obstacle for the camp, but Bordeau said they have made changes to keep campers safe. Most activities are outside.
“They get to enjoy each other, Bordeau said. “There’s been so much isolation, they’ve just been excited to be around people.”